by ludwigvan, Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 06:34:01 PM EST
After a week where we watched Obama give away the public option (as Senator Feingold said he'd always intended),
pushing back health care reform for years,
a week where he also gave away billions and billions more of our tax dollars to the bailed out banks,
a week where he raised the debt ceiling to new obscene numbers (give aways to bankers and fake stimulus bills that benefit insiders are expensive!)
aint it good to know that so many Americams feel the same way that I do about a woman, who if she were our President, would have done NONE of those things...
by ludwigvan, Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 09:57:50 AM EST
Has everyone read Matt Taibbi's new piece in Rolling Stone?
Its titled "Obama's Big sellout" and its a heck of a reality check.
Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided with wealthy bankers "at the expense of hardworking Americans." Obama may not have run to the left of Samuel Gompers or Cesar Chavez, but it's not like you saw him on the campaign trail flanked by bankers from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. What inspired supporters who pushed him to his historic win was the sense that a genuine outsider was finally breaking into an exclusive club, that walls were being torn down, that things were, for lack of a better or more specific term, changing.
Then he got elected.
What's taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place. This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside.
by it aint over, Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 11:36:17 AM EDT
Barack Obama won the 2008 election by convincing voters with his campaign based on hope and trust. His success was beyond his supporters' wildest dreams.
However his core support -- progressives -- were alarmed even before he took office, when he announced centrists Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emmanuel as his choices for Secretary of State and Chief of Staff. Subsequent to those choices, he raised hackles on liberals by pointedly ignoring even considering Howard Dean, who had played an important in his victory, and Russ Feingold, who has a history of standing up for liberal causes when centrist (and even moderate) Democrats hid in closets or under desks.
Worst of all, he has continued to pursue his strategy(?) of seeking bipartisan support for his programs, despite rapidly, growing evidence of entrenched Republican intransigence.
by obsessed, Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 11:33:46 AM EDT
1) One of the most passionate arguments made for Hillary over Obama was the idea that she would be better on health care reform.
2) Millions of Hillary supporters - almost all of them - ultimately voted for Obama.
3) Obama (in my opinion) needs a hard push towards being much more aggressive with arrogantly corrupt, corporate-owned democratic senators like Baucus, Landrieu, Feinstein, Lieberman, Conrad et al.
4) People who voted for Obama after passionately supporting Hillary are in an ideal position to give him that hard push.
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by gladiatorsback, Mon May 25, 2009 at 04:53:38 PM EDT
I think todays incidents put America and its allies and rest of the world in grave danger, and I am yet to hear a strong message from obama. Why is he saber-rattling on this issue? What incidents command his attention? Or is he not happy that he cannot get enough time to arrange a prime time press conference in time to send a message to north korea.
For many of us, the biggest threat is a missile hitting america.. and today is the day world has come closest ever since end of cold war.. and I am still needing to hear Obama sending a message. The entire world press has exhorted Obama to atleast make clear his position on this issue. enough of trying to please all sides Mr. president. Enough of speeches.. now its time for real actions!!!